What Can I Do With a Major in Social Sciences?

Henderson State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Education in Social Sciences.

Marketable Skills

  • Communicate concisely, clearly and accurately with others
  • Draw together, analyze and critically evaluate information
  • Interpret, use and evaluate data
  • Manage time and take on responsibility for your own development
  • Put together reasoned arguments and question assumptions
  • Research, identify and present information
  • Respond positively to critical feedback
  • Understand the processes of change in society and its institutions
Related Career Titles
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • Campaign staffer
  • Cartographer
  • City manager
  • Demographer
  • Diplomat
  • Economic developer
  • Fundraiser
  • Genealogist
  • Geographer
  • Historian
  • Job analyst
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Lecturer
  • Legislator
  • Policy analyst
  • Politician
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social worker
  • Sociologist
  • Surveyor
  • Writer

Potential Employers

  • Social service agencies, both governmental and private
  • Museums, zoos, and other public education institutions
  • Ethnic, cultural, and immigrant organizations
  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Health care agencies
  • Foreign Service and foreign aid agencies
  • Businesses with international and cross-cultural dimensions

Strategies

  • Develop excellent communication skills, verbal and written.  Become skilled in various teaching strategies and technologies.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and energy for the field, particularly the desire to work with and help others.
  • Obtain part-time, summer, internship or volunteer experience with the intended age group in various settings such as pre-schools, day cares, camps, community agencies, adult centers, YMCA’s, etc.
  • Participate in co-curricular activities and related organizations to broaden skills, interests, and networking opportunities.
  • Bachelor’s degree is sufficient for certification to teach K-12 in most states. Obtain a master’s degree for advancement and to increase earning potential.
  • Advanced degrees are required for specialists, education administration, college teaching, and some other professional positions.
  • Maintain current knowledge of state and national legislation regarding teacher certification.
  • Identify transferable skills learned in teaching applicable to alternative careers:  Verbal and written communication, teaching and instruction, program planning, organization and record-keeping, working under pressure, meeting deadlines, motivating others, creativity, working autonomously, decision-making, problem solving and research.

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Arkansas Department of Education

Social Science Careers

Guide for Social Science Majors

Professional Associations

National Council for the Social Studies

Organization of American Historians

American Political Science Association

Social Science Research Council